Daily Archives: October 1, 2016

Shimon Peres was no peacemaker

by Robert Fisk

The Israeli politician has died at 93, two weeks after suffering a major stroke AP

When the world heard that Shimon Peres had died, it shouted “Peacemaker!” But when I heard that Peres was dead, I thought of blood and fire and slaughter.

China | IMF announces renminbi in Special Drawing Rights starting on October 1

By CHEN WEIHUA

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced on Friday that its Special Drawing Rights basket of currencies will for the first time include the renminbi (RMB) as of Oct 1, the start of China’s National Day holiday.

Saakashvili prepares coup d’état in Georgia

Some days before parliamentary elections in Georgia information was leaked proving Saakashvili is preparing a plot in his former country.
Addressing supporters at United National Movement’s campaign rally in Zugdidi via video link from Ukraine, Georgia’s former president and now governor of Odessa region Mikheil Saakashvili said that UNM’s victory in the October 8 parliamentary election is “absolutely inevitable.”
He said that “according to polls” the UNM is “winning very well” in the regions and in Tbilisi too.
MP Davit Bakradze, who is number one on UNM’s party list of MP candidates, told the rally that they “are very close not only to our victory, but to the victory of our country.”
Meanwhile in Tbilisi, several activists from UNM-affiliated group, Free Zone, announced on September 26 about quitting the organization, accusing UNM and its leader Mikheil Saakashvili of planning post-election disorders. Two of the former activists of Free Zone claimed that they met Saakashvili in Kiev about four days ago and discussed the issue. After voicing this allegation, the activists were summoned by the State Security Service for questioning.
UNM responded that activists’ allegation was a result of pressure exerted on them by the State Security Service.
Seizing upon allegations voiced by former activists of Free Zone, GDDG ruling party again accused the UNM of trying to stir up “provocations.”
“That’s what we were saying about UNM – that it is planning destabilization… It is good that there are people within UNM, who distance themselves from such attempts,” GDDG’s executive secretary, Irakli Kobakhidze, said.
The next day an audio recording was leaked and uploaded on YouTube. In the recording a man, whose voice resembles the one of Saakashvili complains before his interlocutors that although one of the UNM leaders Giga Bokeria on the one hand reluctantly shares his view about the need to pursue “revolutionary scenario”, on the other hand he also speaks about the need to get ready for a coalition government.
“Who wants to get ready for a coalition, let them prepare for it. I have no desire whatsoever to get ready for a coalition. That’s not what I am fighting for,” says purportedly Saakashvili in the recording.